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SheKnows acquires BlogHer to extend its reach to women online

New York-based SheKnows Media, a media company focused on women’s lifestyle, on Monday announced its acquisition of BlogHer Inc, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of an online network for women. SheKnows, which is a portfolio company of Great Hill Partners, said the companies will immediately combine, creating 75.3 million un-duplicated unique visitors per month. BlogHer had raised more than $15 million in funding from Venrock, Peacock Equity and NBC Universal. The acquisition price was undisclosed, although AdAge reported it to be between $30 million and $40 million.

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Sage North America to buy VC-backed PayChoice

Sage North America has agreed to acquire PayChoice. No financial terms were disclosed. Raymond James served as financial advisor to PayChoice on the transaction while William Blair advised Sage. Based in Mt. Laurel, NJ, PayChoice is a provider of payroll solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. It is backed by Great Hill Partners, Baird Capital and North Hill Ventures.

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Great Hill invests in Qualifacts

Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners has acquired a majority stake in Qualifacts Systems. No financial terms were disclosed. Goodwin Procter advised Great Hill on the transaction while Raymond James Health Care Investment Banking Group and Baker Donelson P.C. advised Qualifacts. Headquartered in Nashville, Qualifacts is a provider of electronic health record and billing solutions for behavioral health and human services providers.

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PE-backed Veracity Payment Solutions buys Vanco

Veracity Payment Solutions, a portfolio company of Great Hill Partners, said Tuesday that it has acquired Vanco Services. No financial terms were disclosed. The company will be rebranded as Vanco Payment Solutions. Also, Veracity has named Kevin Lee to lead Vanco as CEO. Raymond James & Associates advised Vanco on the transaction. Based in Minnesota, Vanco is an electronic payment solutions provider.

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Network Merchants secures growth equity from Great Hill Partners

Network Merchants, a provider of e-commerce payment gateways and value-added services, has appointed Roy Banks and Kyle Pexton as CEO and CFO and secured a growth equity investment from Great Hill Partners. The firm joins existing investors Bregal Sagemount and the NMI founders.

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Great Hill Partners invests in bswift

Great Hill Partners has made a minority investment in bswift. Financial terms weren’t announced. Chicago-based bswift offers software and services that aim to streamline benefits, HR and payroll administration for employers and public and private exchanges nationwide. Great Hill’s investment came from its fourth investment fund that closed at $1.1 billion in 2009. Raymond James & Associates acted as financial advisor to bswift.

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Online home decor retailer Wayfair grabs $157 mln

Wayfair said Friday that it has closed $157 million in Series B financing. T. Rowe Price Associates led the round with participation from TripAdvisor CFO Julie M.B. Bradley. Headquartered in Boston, Wayfair is an online retailer of home furnishings and decor. Its backers include Battery Ventures, Spark Capital, HarbourVest Partners and Great Hill Partners.

Wayfair Raises $36.3M From Battery, Great Hill, HarbourVest & Spark

Wayfair.com said it raised $36.3 million in equity financing from Battery Ventures, Great Hill Partners, HarbourVest Partners and Spark Capital. The money will be used to grow Joss & Main, the company’s private sale site for the home. The site has nearly three million members and is operating at a $100 million annual revenue run-rate.

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